A denture is a removable appliance that replaces teeth.  It may replace all teeth (full denture) or some teeth (partial denture). Dentures can have an all plastic (acrylic) base or a metal framework on the plastic base.

Denture treatment

Prior to any treatment, a thorough dental check-up of patients is undertaken. This involves a full examination and assessment of your teeth, gums and the soft tissue in your mouth.  X-rays or radiographs may be taken to ensure that the teeth are healthy and strong enough to support a denture.  If dentures are necessary, a treatment plan is created for indivudal patients.

There are two ways to have dentures made. Dentures can be made to be inserted on the day your teeth are removed. Alternatively, a denture is made some time (two to three months later) after your teeth are removed. This allows time for the bone to change and heal and also ensures that the denture should be a better fit.

Caring for your dentures

It is important to look after your dentures and to keep your mouth healthy. We recommend patients follow these simple steps:

  • Dentures should be removed before you go to bed.
  • Remember to clean dentures carefully and store them in a container of cold water.
  • Brush areas in your mouth (such as your gums and the roof of your mouth) that are normally covered by dentures with a soft toothbrush.

Dentures should be checked regularly by your dental surgeon.  It is advised that partial dentures be checked every six months and patients with full dentures should be reviewed every two years.


For any enquiries or for more information on dentures, please contact the Waverley Smile Clinic on tel: 03 95609573 or email: